New mayor wants to create Italy’s first ‘vegetarian city’

July 21, 2016 by  
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What if your entire city adhered to a vegetarian diet? Recently elected Turin mayor Chiara Appendino pledged that promoting vegetarian diets will be a “priority” for her. But there could be backlash, as Piedmont, the Italian region in which Turin is located, is home to famous meat dishes and meat producers. How might Appendino create a “vegetarian city?” We don’t yet know the strategy details, but many expect Turin to focus on school education and teaching children about nutrition . But there are those who would guard a meat-eating lifestyle in Italy. Last year the World Health Organization classified cured meats as carcinogenic , and Italian meat producers called the label “meat terrorism.” Dishes like brasato al Barolo (wine-braised meat) or vitello tonnato (veal in tuna sauce) have been staples of northern Italy’s cuisine for ” centuries .” Related: Danish council proposes red meat tax to combat climate change Environment councilor Stefania Giannuzzi indicated the administration may be willing to work with meat producers. She told Italian publication Corriere della Sera (translated by The Guardian), “I would not want to create a contrast with the meat industry. We do not want to close the small shops or ruin the people who have worked for years to develop the Piedmontese food and wine heritage.” Many within the Five Star Movement (M5S), the party of which Appendino is part, espouse vegetarian or vegan diets. In the past, M5S founder Beppe Grillo praised the documentary Cowspiracy and supported vegetarian childcare centers on his popular blog. Potential party leader Luigi di Maio had a vegan cake for his 30th birthday. A “vegetarian city” may sound like the hallmark of a progressive party, yet The Guardian noted while M5S promotes clean energy and environmentalism, they’re more ambiguous on other issues such as LGBT rights and migration. The Guardian also described M5S as “eurosceptic,” or anti-European Union. Via The Guardian Images via Pexels and Wikimedia Commons

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Ketchup is Not a Food Group in Children’s School Lunches in France

October 5, 2011 by  
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Photo: heinz President Reagan tried to make ketchup a vegetable, and President Nixon loved to eat it with cottage cheese. The French do not agree. In fact, they are trying to ban it from schools where les élèves are pouring it all over their food…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Stockbox Drops Popup Shipping Container Groceries Into Food Deserts

September 9, 2011 by  
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Many parts of urban America are food deserts, defined as “a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.” (see a map of them here ) Stockbox is a clever attempt to ” fix the grocery gap in a neighborhood near you.” They repurpose shipping containers into popup grocery stores, and plan on dropping them in parking lots…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Buying Local Plums Proves to be Difficult in England

August 29, 2011 by  
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Photo: yingyangskincare It’s the best British plum harvest in years but no one is buying… Farmers and good food shoppers are enraged as supermarkets favour cheaper European imports over the local ones. The National Farmers’ Union said farms have hundreds of tons of plums picked and ready to ship but the stores aren’t buying. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Did the "Organic Elite" Sell Out to Monsanto?

February 4, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: MikeScottNZ via Flickr Creative Commons . By now, most of us have read the miscellaneous (numerous) statements from companies like Whole Foods , Organic Valley, Stonyfield , and the Non-GMO Proje… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future

February 4, 2011 by  
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Graphic Source: Climatopolis.com We do not have a choice.

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The Raw Story: Is Raw Milk a Superfood?

December 18, 2010 by  
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photo via ecoliblog Let’s just say I’ve been curious for a while. Every week I walk by the raw milk booth at my local farmers’ market, casting an interested but furtive look at both what’s on offer and the sort of people that are in line to make a purchase. Today I finally took the plunge and walked over to bring home some raw whole milk, the same kind that my mother and the FDA have always told me to stay away from

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Israeli Artist Makes Christmas Tree From 5,480 Recycled Plastic Bottles

December 18, 2010 by  
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Photo: Israel Ministry of Tourism Devastating fires that burned 5,000 hectares of forest in the area haven’t kept Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city, from being able to put up a massive Christmas tree in the center of town.

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Slow Food Pop-Tarts, Made with Serious Love (A Foodie Gift Find!)

December 18, 2010 by  
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Photo: Candice Reynolds, Red Queen Tarts, LLC With science pointing to all the pitfalls of sugar on human health and longevity, I have ever more reason to curb desserts and hidden sugars. Sadly, “reason” lacks in my vocabulary during the holidays. On the rare occasions I make an indulgence, it needs to feel like one

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"Peak Fertilizer" To Make Manure A Valuable Commodity

December 6, 2010 by  
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Manure, runny. Image credit: USDA Synthetic fertilizer is likely to become significantly more costly for US farmers.

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